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Students Will Review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in an introduction to human biology unit of a standard human biology course. Topics covered include:
- Human evolution and the human fossil record
- Evolutionary history
- Multicellular organisms
- The anatomy and planes of the human body
- Anterior, posterior, lateral, medial and other locational terminology
- The human hands, limbs and feet
1. The Human Fossil Record & Human Evolution
Fossils can help tell the story of how we evolved. This lesson sheds light on our closest relatives from the past and what traits human beings have developed over time. You'll learn about those species that are extinct but who live on in our genes.
2. The Evolution of Humans: Characteristics & Evolutionary History
Just like other organisms, humans have changed over time. We will look at the evolution of humans as well as connections with our primate relatives, including Old World and New World primates.
3. Multicellular Organisms, Tissues and Epithelium
In this lesson on multicellular organisms, you'll take a look at what it actually means to be multicellular and how cells are organized into tissues, organs, and organ systems. This lesson also covers one of the four main tissue types: epithelial tissue.
4. Planes of the Human Body: Definition, Anatomy & Diagram
Learn about the different ways in which your body can be divided or cut up for theoretical and practical purposes as we explore the sagittal plane, transverse plane and coronal plane.
5. Anatomical Directional Terminology: Anterior, Posterior and More
Find out how to properly refer to the location of things at the front and back of a person as well as above or below a certain point on the body by learning the terms anterior, posterior, superior, and inferior.
6. Anatomical Directional Terminology: Lateral, Medial & More
Learn what it means to be on the same side as something else or on a different side altogether. In addition, find out what it means to be closer to or farther away from the middle of something as we explore the following terms: lateral, medial, ipsilateral, and contralateral.
7. Anatomical Directional Terminology: Limbs, Hands & Feet
In this lesson, you'll learn how we term the different sides of our feet and hands thanks to words like dorsal, plantar and palmar. You'll also learn how we name something that is near or far away from the trunk of our body thanks to words like proximal and distal.
8. What Is Homeostasis? - Definition & Examples
Homeostasis can be defined as a property of an organism or system that helps it maintain its parameters within a normal range of values. It is key to life, and failures in homeostasis can lead to diseases like hypertension and diabetes.
9. What is Melanin? - Definition, Production & Function
Melanin is a pigment produced in the skin of almost all animals on Earth. Its role in animal survival is critical, and varies depending on the organism. This article addresses melanin function and expression in humans and other organisms, and its role in survival.
10. What is Biological Anthropology? - Definition & Subfields
Why do some people fear open spaces? How can science help solve crimes? These and many other questions have much to do with the field of biological anthropology.
11. Harvey Cushing: Biography, Inventions & Quotes
In this lesson, we will discuss the life of the Founding Father of Neurosurgery, Dr. Harvey Cushing. We will also look at some of his career accomplishments, medical inventions and some of the more famous aspects that Dr. Cushing is known for.
12. Influences on Health: Social, Cultural & Environmental
Have you ever noticed that even though you have a healthy lifestyle, sometimes your surroundings have a big effect on your health outcomes? Learn about how social norms, cultural beliefs, and environmental conditions can impact our health.
13. Body Burden: Definition, Chemicals & Testing
The amount of toxic chemicals and pollutants that have settled in a human body over the course of a lifetime is known as the body burden. This lesson is about body burden, the chemicals found, and the testing that is done.
14. Dorsal Body Cavity: Definition, Organs & Membranes
The dorsal cavity of the body is simpler than the ventral, but still detailed. We will discuss the dorsal cavity by looking at the organs, divisions, and membranes that make up this cavity.
15. Ventral Body Cavity: Definition, Subdivisions & Organs
Studying the body can be very overwhelming when it is viewed as a whole. This lesson zooms in a bit to focus on the ventral cavity, its divisions, subdivisions, and the organs it contains.
16. Biosemiotics: Definition & Overview
All living things have the ability to communicate with each other using a variety of signs and signals. In this lesson, learn all about biosemiotics, which is the study of all the ways that organisms communicate with each other.
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